hope for cody

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Raised by 575 people in 65 months

cody ernst was your average carefree fun loving 17 year old teenager. an avid fisherman and new england patriots fan. he was enjoying his senior year in high school and looking forward to a bright future. he had interests in becoming a nurse or computer networker. cody loved animals and animals loved cody. he was doing his best to be a role model for his 2 younger brothers. cody was working his first job were he often received praise for being such a respectable hard working young man. he was making his parent's very proud. cody had such a bright future ahead of him. then on the night of december 15, 2013 cody was involved in a tragic car accident that would alter his life and his families forever. he was a backseat passenger in a friends car when the accident occurred. cody was transported to the closest hospital. he was brought in as a trauma. after arrival they discovered the extent of his injuries. the car accident left cody with traumatic brain injury to 2 parts of his brain. the damaged caused will be long term. during his time in the hospital he has had several surgeries and also endured a stroke. cody was in a coma for several weeks due to the injury and swelling to the brain. he has recently woken up . his road to recovery is uncertain and long term. currently he does open his eyes, but has no ability to communicate, walk, sit up, eat food, or move his left side. he is presently in hospital in patient rehab. however this program is only 2-3 weeks on average. after that it is up to his family to decide where he goes and the care he gets.Unfortunately South Florida doesnt have many resources for people who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury. And the resources they do have Cody doesnt qualify for . He doesnt qualify because he hasnt progressed enough. Cody will fall between the cracks in care. he will need a drastic amount of therapy to hopefully resume any normal activity and daily things like dressing,& bathing. cody's family is facing a large financial burden as his insurance is not willing to pay for the care Cody needs. there will be no money for ongoing medical care, or the therapies he will need. the family rents there home and it is not handicapped accessible. with all the added stress due to the uncertainty of their sons future cody's parents are also dealing with the stress of limited finances and a growing mountain of medical costs that will only exceed once the insurance has maxed out. i can only imagine being a parent of three children and being faced with a decision between next months bills to keep a roof over my childrens heads or the continued medical care my oldest son needs to try and have some form of normalcy. we are asking for any donation large or small to help cover the cost of hospital bills, rehab, medical equipment needed, home with the proper accessability for cody to be able to live with his family. and the added expenses of gas and daily living. we appreciate all the support and donations for this family during their troubled time.

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Please continue to share, every little bit helps, with cody's needs. Therapies (physical,occupational, behavioral).
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Thank You everyone for all your Prayers ,donations, well wishes, birthday wishes, and gifts, cody is feeling so loved. He still could benefit in alot more physical therapies, occupational therapies, and behavioral therapies. Insurance will only cover so much and while our state does have a waivor progam to help with what insurance wont. We are on the waiting list but there is no funding right now so no one has been moved off the waiting list in a year
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I havent updated in sometime.
Cody is 21, he has come so far, he walks, communicates, eats, but yet still has so far to go in recover.
He walks with a limp and experiences alot of pain in his hip, cody still doesnt have use of his left arm or hand, he has alot of behavioral issues due to the injury.
Because cody turned 21 we lost our home health care, so now what? He still needs assistance with daily activities, dressing, bathing, preparing and cutting food, shaving.
Tbi is a never ending battle for our family, we have adjusted and take every day step by step.
I do think cody can go so much further in recovery but insurance just wont pay for the extent of what he needs.
My family thanks everyone for their donations, kind birthday messages to cody, cards, gifts, flowers, balloons, and meals
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Tyler Krisle
29 months ago

Hey. Please try to contact Patricia Neal rehab center( In Knoxville, Tn). I work there and we all Herr would love the opportunity to work with Cody and help.

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Donna Fisher
29 months ago

Please contact THe Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga. They can help when no one else can. My son just graduated jr college thanks to them! He had a severe TBI too! Tell them Corry Burton a patient from 2011 referred you!

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Thomas M. Cardno
28 months ago

I'm not a Patriots fan but if they win I'll have a smile on my face for Cody. God Bless.

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Stephanie Medley
28 months ago

My son had a life changing medical event senior year. While I can't relate to the severity of Cody's situation, I can relate on some level as my son will most likely live at home for life. He just turned 28. At the risk of sounding like an idiot, may I ask if Cody is on SSI/SSDI? If not, I would really like to give you some great tips on getting through the process and getting approved on the first try. Medicare and Mahdi aid is a lifesaver!!!!! Please message me at Stephanie Medley on FB

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Kay Galster
29 months ago

Happy Birthday Cody! I too suffer from a TBI and understand your feelings on how you don't have many friends but remember the ones you do have are a blessing to you. Also have your parents check out SSDI, you should be able to get benefits from them as well. Also check out TBI support groups in your area, they can be a big help for you and your family.

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Margaret Tarulli
29 months ago
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Happy Birthday Cody ♥, I am sending you mail .I am wishing you the best , God is here and is helping you with each breath you take xo

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Becky Neal
28 months ago
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Please contact me. My son was 19 when he was struck...I can give you lots of info. He was a 2 nd year college student they gave him a 30 percent chance of living....he also has a TBI...he is now 28 and is walking with a cane. They said he would never walk again. somethings to be aware of that I learned the hard way...if you son leaves the state for more than 30 days he is no longer a resident of that state. ex...we went to PA for rehab and couldn't get Eric Medicaid till he came back....and it's not retroactive. We should have signed him up for PA's Medicaid while he was there because he was considered a resident after 30 days then switched him to OH's. If the other state has a better Medicaid program it might be worth it. I don't know Fl laws but I can give you and insight into Oh laws and Florida contacts and tell you things I have learned. I am an advocate now for the disabled. In our state if you are injured before the age of 22 you are considered a child all your life and qualify for disability waivers....contact your mrdd or your dodd office. Also contact the ARC of Florida 800 226 1155 (they tell you your closest contact) They are a wealth of info and help...JOIN them...it's free. A great source of info on waivers and assistance. Go to TBI and ARC conferences you will meet people and network. Sorry for the long message but I wanted you to realize you are not alone and I truly understand and want to help. Also check your state laws about Independent Providers....a relative over 18 can become his paid provider if he qualifies for one. The ARC can help with that too. The ARC 2898 Mahan Dr Ste 1, Tallahassee, FL 32308 · (800) 226-1155

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Toni-Anne Jasmine Suzanne Pikari
29 months ago
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Happy Birthday Cody, Your loved by many Don't ever give up hope. Stay strong xx From everybody all the way in Melbourne Australia❤️

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Macy Jayne Huff
28 months ago
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There are several places that work with people like Cody. Check out The Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia, Next Step Fitness in Atlanta Georgia, or Next Step Fitness in Orlando Florida. I hope he is recovering well.. I myself suffered a spinal cord injury in 2013 so I know where you're coming from. Just stay positive and put your faith in the lord and everything will turn out how it's supposed to!

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Kathi Flores
28 months ago
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Have you applied SSI

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Lemont Stennis
29 months ago
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Hey buddy theres alot of people around the world who still has good hearts i also was a victim of a bad car wreck i split my head and face open but one thing i can say buddy we are survives and god has us here for a reason happy birthday and god bless you

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Addison Cantrell
29 months ago
2
2

Hey Cody I hope you had a wonderful birthday man! ❤️ Keep your head high and your smile higher

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Cindy Tayag
65 months ago
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Thank you to the anonymous donor's. We may not know who you are, but God does!

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Rebecca Braun
16 months ago
1
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My brother has a tbi as well and all of his friends have faded away. We are in Louisiana , but he can talk on the phone if your son is interested in having someone to talk to.

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Angel Hampton Slate
28 months ago
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I just wanted to say to never give up. My dad had a TBI about 9 years ago, and he has come a very long way. He has memory problems, and he still struggles at times, but the brain will heal daily. My suggestion to you would be to make a memory book with family members, photos, names and information about them. Read this to him daily. It will help. Life with someone with a traumatic brain injury will never be the same, but you'll be thankful everyday that he's still there.

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Jackie Byrne-Garcia
29 months ago
1
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Happy birthday Cody. I just wrote you a long post with my story! N then lost it so so sorry about thathe. I had a stroke 6 mon the ago and I am paralyzed on my left side. Hope you are doing better. Let me know how it is going and God bless you. Yay Patriots!

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Michaelene Miera
65 months ago

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-12-16/news/fl-sample-road-crash-20131216_1_pompano-crash-mark-wysocky-sunday-night-crash

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Marydavid Basham
16 months ago

Question when my daughter in law had a wreck that was caused by someone else the car insurance paid when yours runs out theirs takes over. I have seen people even have to sue their own insurance (car) to make them pay. I don’t know if your state is a no fault state though.

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David S. Stephenson
16 months ago

Psalms 130:5

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Sandra L. Destrempes
28 months ago

Please check out Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Mason, MI They will help anyone with a TBI even if they do not have the means to pay for services. https://www.facebook.com/origamirehab/ Happy Birthday Cody!

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$100
Andre S
11 months ago
$10
Anonymous
13 months ago
$100
Anonymous
15 months ago
$500
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16 months ago
JT
$25
Jordan Tucker
16 months ago

I had a bad car accident when I was his age coming home from wrestling practice one night with buddies from high school. God was with us that night. I hope this helps a little bit and god bless you buddy. You got friends all around this world!!!!

AC
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Autumn Chitty
16 months ago
$20
Chris Young
16 months ago
RJ
$20
Ravi Jhajj
16 months ago
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Please Update us on Cody's condition. The brain is constantly re-wiring. Repetitive and diverse mental stimulation and physical rehabilitation is key

AH
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Andrew Hall
16 months ago
CB
$15
Cody Braselton
16 months ago
Tyler Krisle
29 months ago

Hey. Please try to contact Patricia Neal rehab center( In Knoxville, Tn). I work there and we all Herr would love the opportunity to work with Cody and help.

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Donna Fisher
29 months ago

Please contact THe Shepherd Center in Atlanta, Ga. They can help when no one else can. My son just graduated jr college thanks to them! He had a severe TBI too! Tell them Corry Burton a patient from 2011 referred you!

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Thomas M. Cardno
28 months ago

I'm not a Patriots fan but if they win I'll have a smile on my face for Cody. God Bless.

+ Read More
Stephanie Medley
28 months ago

My son had a life changing medical event senior year. While I can't relate to the severity of Cody's situation, I can relate on some level as my son will most likely live at home for life. He just turned 28. At the risk of sounding like an idiot, may I ask if Cody is on SSI/SSDI? If not, I would really like to give you some great tips on getting through the process and getting approved on the first try. Medicare and Mahdi aid is a lifesaver!!!!! Please message me at Stephanie Medley on FB

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Kay Galster
29 months ago

Happy Birthday Cody! I too suffer from a TBI and understand your feelings on how you don't have many friends but remember the ones you do have are a blessing to you. Also have your parents check out SSDI, you should be able to get benefits from them as well. Also check out TBI support groups in your area, they can be a big help for you and your family.

+ Read More
Margaret Tarulli
29 months ago
9
9

Happy Birthday Cody ♥, I am sending you mail .I am wishing you the best , God is here and is helping you with each breath you take xo

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Becky Neal
28 months ago
8
8

Please contact me. My son was 19 when he was struck...I can give you lots of info. He was a 2 nd year college student they gave him a 30 percent chance of living....he also has a TBI...he is now 28 and is walking with a cane. They said he would never walk again. somethings to be aware of that I learned the hard way...if you son leaves the state for more than 30 days he is no longer a resident of that state. ex...we went to PA for rehab and couldn't get Eric Medicaid till he came back....and it's not retroactive. We should have signed him up for PA's Medicaid while he was there because he was considered a resident after 30 days then switched him to OH's. If the other state has a better Medicaid program it might be worth it. I don't know Fl laws but I can give you and insight into Oh laws and Florida contacts and tell you things I have learned. I am an advocate now for the disabled. In our state if you are injured before the age of 22 you are considered a child all your life and qualify for disability waivers....contact your mrdd or your dodd office. Also contact the ARC of Florida 800 226 1155 (they tell you your closest contact) They are a wealth of info and help...JOIN them...it's free. A great source of info on waivers and assistance. Go to TBI and ARC conferences you will meet people and network. Sorry for the long message but I wanted you to realize you are not alone and I truly understand and want to help. Also check your state laws about Independent Providers....a relative over 18 can become his paid provider if he qualifies for one. The ARC can help with that too. The ARC 2898 Mahan Dr Ste 1, Tallahassee, FL 32308 · (800) 226-1155

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Toni-Anne Jasmine Suzanne Pikari
29 months ago
4
4

Happy Birthday Cody, Your loved by many Don't ever give up hope. Stay strong xx From everybody all the way in Melbourne Australia❤️

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Macy Jayne Huff
28 months ago
3
3

There are several places that work with people like Cody. Check out The Shepherd Center in Atlanta Georgia, Next Step Fitness in Atlanta Georgia, or Next Step Fitness in Orlando Florida. I hope he is recovering well.. I myself suffered a spinal cord injury in 2013 so I know where you're coming from. Just stay positive and put your faith in the lord and everything will turn out how it's supposed to!

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Kathi Flores
28 months ago
3
3

Have you applied SSI

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Lemont Stennis
29 months ago
2
2

Hey buddy theres alot of people around the world who still has good hearts i also was a victim of a bad car wreck i split my head and face open but one thing i can say buddy we are survives and god has us here for a reason happy birthday and god bless you

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Addison Cantrell
29 months ago
2
2

Hey Cody I hope you had a wonderful birthday man! ❤️ Keep your head high and your smile higher

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Cindy Tayag
65 months ago
2
2

Thank you to the anonymous donor's. We may not know who you are, but God does!

+ Read More
Rebecca Braun
16 months ago
1
1

My brother has a tbi as well and all of his friends have faded away. We are in Louisiana , but he can talk on the phone if your son is interested in having someone to talk to.

+ Read More
Angel Hampton Slate
28 months ago
1
1

I just wanted to say to never give up. My dad had a TBI about 9 years ago, and he has come a very long way. He has memory problems, and he still struggles at times, but the brain will heal daily. My suggestion to you would be to make a memory book with family members, photos, names and information about them. Read this to him daily. It will help. Life with someone with a traumatic brain injury will never be the same, but you'll be thankful everyday that he's still there.

+ Read More
Jackie Byrne-Garcia
29 months ago
1
1

Happy birthday Cody. I just wrote you a long post with my story! N then lost it so so sorry about thathe. I had a stroke 6 mon the ago and I am paralyzed on my left side. Hope you are doing better. Let me know how it is going and God bless you. Yay Patriots!

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Michaelene Miera
65 months ago

http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/2013-12-16/news/fl-sample-road-crash-20131216_1_pompano-crash-mark-wysocky-sunday-night-crash

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Marydavid Basham
16 months ago

Question when my daughter in law had a wreck that was caused by someone else the car insurance paid when yours runs out theirs takes over. I have seen people even have to sue their own insurance (car) to make them pay. I don’t know if your state is a no fault state though.

+ Read More
David S. Stephenson
16 months ago

Psalms 130:5

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Sandra L. Destrempes
28 months ago

Please check out Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Mason, MI They will help anyone with a TBI even if they do not have the means to pay for services. https://www.facebook.com/origamirehab/ Happy Birthday Cody!

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